A complete biometric sensor system powered by highly-accurate PerformTek® technology for “plug-and-play” integration in wrist and arm wearables 

Raleigh, N.C. – December 15, 2015 — Valencell, a leader in biometric data sensor technology, today launched BenchmarkTM, the first biometric sensor package that incorporates Valencell’s PerformTek biometric technology in a pre-packaged system for immediate integration in wrist and arm wearables, as well as other form factors. It is well-known in the industry that wearable biometric sensor systems are difficult to engineer with a high level of accuracy and user comfort. Benchmark is the first commercial solution of its kind that delivers the high level of accuracy needed to meet user expectations.

Benchmark provides the patent-protected, high-performance biometric technology that customers have come to expect from Valencell, but in a pre-packaged system that accelerates time-to-market and streamlines product development for wearables. With Benchmark, customers can shorten product commercialization lifecycles by two to four months, resulting in as much as $500,000 in cost savings associated with manufacturing set-up and tooling processes and engineering development effort. Benchmark also significantly reduces overall project risk, as it eliminates any schedule or technical risk related to validating the biometric technology that is common to most biometric wearable projects.

“The launch of this product supports our longstanding commitment to accuracy and seamless integration of our PerformTek biometric sensor technology,” said Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, president and co-founder of Valencell. “For those who need accurate consumer solutions for health, performance, or fitness monitoring, our patent-protected Benchmark sensor system packs all you need for high accuracy, extremely short product development timelines and continually interesting user experiences.”

Benchmark includes Valencell’s patented PerformTek technology, which can extract continuous heart rate, VO2, calories burned, and more with scientifically-validated accuracy. Moreover, the Benchmark sensor system will support Valencell’s next-gen biometric roadmap, including breathing rate, cardiac efficiency, heart rate variability and much more. Valencell designers have determined the right combination of optomechanics, light detector, accelerometer, LEDs and microcontrollers for a scalable design that offers the most effective combination of accuracy, power, size and cost. The interface is a standard flex connector that supports either UART or I2C communications. The optical and electrical assembly is designed for simple integration into customers’ mechanical layout with minimal interference to existing industrial design and production methods.

Valencell has helped more companies bring biometric wearables to market than any other company in the world and now makes that expertise available to Benchmark customers. Benchmark customers can take advantage of Valencell’s product design guidance from a team of expert biometric engineers, as well as product testing and validation in Valencell’s world-class Biometrics Lab.

Valencell is working with some of the world’s best electronics companies for component parts in Benchmark, including STMicroelectronics.

“Leveraging the high accuracy of our MEMS sensor technology and exceptional range, flexibility, and ecosystem of the STM32 microcontroller family, Valencell’s Benchmark enables wearables makers to quickly and easily develop wellness products that integrate highly accurate biometrics,” said Luca Difalco, Vice President of Marketing and Applications at STMicroelectronics.

According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 21 million wearables in the third quarter of 2015 alone – a 197.6 percent increase from the 7.1 million wearables shipped in the same quarter last year. It is estimated that wrist-worn wearables, including bands, bracelets, and watches, will account for more than 80 percent of these units. Valencell believes the winners in the wearables market will be those companies that provide highly accurate biometrics in their wearable devices.

For more information on Benchmark, visit the Benchmark website.

About Valencell

Valencell develops performance biometric sensor technology and licenses this patent-protected technology to consumer electronics manufacturers, mobile device and accessory makers, sports and fitness brands and gaming companies for integration into their products. Valencell’s PerformTek biometric sensor technology employs biophysical signal characterization to actively characterize biophysical signals for removing physical noise and extracting highly accurate biometric information. Valencell’s PerformTek-powered sensors are the most accurate wearable biometric sensors that continuously measure heart rate and activity. Valencell has invested years into the research and development of its PerformTek sensor technology, protected by dozens of granted patents and independently validated by the Duke Center for Living, North Carolina State University, the Human Performance Laboratory and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.